As Minnesota Vikings fans get ready for a showdown with the Dallas Cowboys one has got to wonder if the Vikings are up for the challenge. I will admit that after last week’s dismantling of the New York Giants I was on the band wagon for the Super Bowl; I drank the proverbial Kool-Aid . But then I watched the Cowboys destroy the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday night and completely changed my mind. I am afraid of the Cowboys. Tony Romo is playing at a very high level Felix Jones is running faster than the Road Runner and Miles Austin continues to catch touchdowns on a regular basis not to mention that stingy Dallas defense.
One has got to wonder if Coach Brad Childress’s’ decision to give the Vikings the week off was a good idea. While the Cowboys confidence is certainly rising the Vikings had to sit, watch, and wonder; can they stop the suddenly red hot Cowboys? I feel that this week off will make the Vikings rusty and if they come out rusty they will find themselves behind a dangerous and well coached team.
It’s the playoffs and to win in the play offs you can’t turn the football over, teams capitalize on turn overs in the play offs. So this game will require Adrian Peterson to hold on to the football and Brett Favre to be smart and aggressive at the same time. Not an easy task for the gunslinger from Mississippi who might try to play outside himself. The Vikings defiantly have the weapons to win this game but in the end it will come down to who has fewer turn overs and of course who has the better coaching staff. This will be a huge opportunity for Childress to get his team ready for perhaps the biggest game the Vikings and their fans have seen in more than 9 years. You have to wonder with his team having a week off could they possibly be ready? My feeling is that teams that take time off have trouble getting back into a rhythm and the one thing the Vikings cannot afford to do is to start out slow and out of rhythm. If they do the crowd will begin to feel the doubt and once the crowd starts to doubt it’s not long until the players start to doubt.
The pieces are all in place: the Vikings are at home where they haven’t lost all season, they have the hall of fame quarterback they have always wanted, they have the best running back in football, and one of the best defensive lines in the NFL. The time is now! No more excuses! Go out there and execute and the Vikings will find themselves one game away from going to the Super Bowl. The alternative is to go out there rusty, out of rhythm, and not ready to play. And the Minnesota Vikings will find themselves saying those words we have heard too many times “maybe next year”. By Jeremy Suess